Natalie Hoag is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and originally from Los Angeles. She is a true Californian at heart, but is finding her way in the midwest one semester at a time. She is majoring in marketing and hopes to someday work for a public relations firm! She is excited to work with The Gift Insider and take on the world of social media.
It’s time to plan ahead and start getting your gift list in order. Below are some deals and ideas to get you going on the right foot this holiday. Tune in to ABC Detroit on 11/13 and Fox Chicago on 11/17 to see some of our picks live.
1. Blue Sky Personalized Notebooks (30% off!)
The best part about planning ahead for the Holidays is you can get so many things personalized. Creating something just for them makes it even more special and thoughtful. The popular line of Blue Sky personalized planners and notebooks just launched the ability to completely customize their notebooks with initials, names and really cute pattern options. Perfect to give teachers, friends, coworkers, etc. Create a design unique to them!
Use Code GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off
2. AVALON Virtual Reality Headset (20% off!)
AVALON is a brand new affordable virtual reality headset. VR or Virtual Reality is super popular but, most current VR options aren’t accessible to the masses and require an expensive computer or specific game console. What’s great about AVALON is that it’s universal for all smartphones & has loads of user friendly comfort. Perfect for your favorite gamer! $59
Use code GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off
3.Ghoftdrone 2.0 (10% off)
No experience needed to fly the coolest Drone on the market, GHOSTDRONE 2.0. All you need is your smart phone & the Ehang app and you can capture amazing photos & video footage. Ready to fly right out of the box with 3 easy flight modes. Only drone that lets you see what the Drone sees with its cool FPV goggles. Black or White. $899. $200 off 11/20 – 12/31
Use Code GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off
4. Tile Tracker (20% off!)
Tile is the perfect gift for the person who tends to forget all their latest gadgets and gizmos. (guilty!) Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items like your phone, keys, purse, glasses in seconds. Easily attach it to the things you need most. perfect stocking stuffer! The Tile combo 4 pack includes 2 Tile Slims and 2 Tile Mates. Normally $110, now $90
20% off for holidays
5. Gift Crates (30% off!)
Perfectly giftable Gift Crates arrive at your door in a wooden crate & are to be opened with enclosed crowbar. They come in all different themes for all types of recipients. This is their Old School Gift Crate, the gift of favorite memories! Includes Old School toys … Slinky, Rubick’s Cube, Yomega Yo Yo, Pez Dispenser & of course Old School Cand. Tons of cool stuff from your past! $74.99
Use GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off till 11/26/2016
7. Fin Fun Mermaid Tales
These gorgeous Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are a magical gift whether it’s for swimming or a costume. Swimmable & fun, they also have a flipper/monofin to go under tail. $99 for kids & $109 for adults, which includes a removable Fin Fun monofin, so that you can really swim like a mermaid. Fantasy accomplished.
8. David’s Teas
Cozy and beautifully packaged David’s Tea gift sets are perfect for anyone on your list, clients, coworkers, secret saints. Start a new tradition with their book-inspired tea collections, gift a color changing tea mug, or their warm and cozy tea set. $28
Help them stay true to their eco values, even with their Christmas tree. Habitree is a new kind of holiday tree created for people whose values such as sustainability are as important as the joy they take in decorating for the holidays. Made from premium, sustainably farmed wood. Love these for apartment dwellers & businesses too. Made of Kebony Wood, available in Clear & Character wood types. 37″, 50″ or 70″ tall. $315 to $581.
Check out our clip on Fox Chicago News chatting about a few of these unique gifts.
We also chatted about this picks on ABC Detroit!
We’d love to hear what you are gifting for the Holidays. Check out our Hanukkah/Christmas gift section for more inspo.
I celebrated the big 3-0 on Saturday October 15th this year (I lucked out with the Saturday, right?!) I wanted to do something a little different than your typical dinner party, so we decided to throw a loft party for 50 of our friends in downtown Detroit. We were going for a chic yet casual cocktail party vibe so we rented a raw industrial space and had apps, desert, plenty of cocktails and music. Thanks to the amazing crew who came out, and my hubby for making it all happen.
Below are some photos and links to where we found all the party goods!
The event space we found was Orleans + Winder in Eastern Market. We loved working with them and highly recommend if you are looking for a raw space downtown. It was chic from the start, so no matter how we decorated the space had exactly the vibe we were going for.
We found the tassel balloons at ConfettiHaus on Etsy. The raw wood tables and gold mirror we rented from the event space and the striped table clothes we had from a past shindig.
I know, I know the mylar number balloons are getting a little overdone…but I couldn’t help myself. I added little tassels on the bottom to make them extra special.
The gold glitter Sweets, Drinks and Eats signs we reused from our engagement party a few years ago. Turns out it’s a great investment to have if you throw lots of parties! We’re big fans of the “naked cake” trend and loved trying one out for the first time.
The man who kept the drinks going all night long, Glen! Highly recommend splurging on help if hosting your own party so you can relax and have fun with your guests. Spotted! One of our favorite wedding gifts, our Lindsay + Jon champagne bucket. We have used this countless times.
We found the perfect gold plastic silverware on amazon (obsessed!) and art decor plates from Target. We served mediterranean style apps and a Brushetta bar and the most-loved last-minute decision by hubby, boxes on boxes of Supinos pizza.
The 30 Pinata we got from ThePerfectPinata on Etsy and used for decor and as a Photobooth prop later in the night.
A party ain’t a party without the perfect photo backdrop! We have been obsessed with these grown up Pinatas from Chiciata and finally had the perfect party to use them for. We used the raw wall and framed a perfect photo-opp spot right when guests walked in.
Here’s a shot of the photo backdrop, we also had a few triangle garlands to fill it out.
We had photo props and a refurbished Poloroid Camera with polaroids for guests to take and take home.
I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate this milestone! We’d love to hear some of the creative ways you guys have celebrated your milestone birthdays in the comments below!
These custom aerial shots from BirdsviewArt are the perfect way to honor that favorite honeymoon spot, country you’ve always dreamed of traveling to or home-away-from-home. The artist combines science and art on our beautiful planet with his amazing birds eye view and aerial images. You can request any location that is special to you or a loved one and he will capture it for you in a meaningful but still modern way. The photo will be delivered to you with professional backing and ready to hang.
It was my turn to host our monthly dinner club last month. Each month the host chooses the theme, so I decided to go with a Boho Picnic theme. I wanted to make it really laid-back with a cozy vibe. I told the girls to wear something casual and comfy and we all sat outside on a low table piled with pillows and blankets under our string lights. Each girl brought an easy picnic food (pasta salad, skewers, roll ups). Below are some photos and things you’ll need if you want to host your own boho picnic.
1. Low Picnic Table: We found these low portable picnic table’s at Crate and Barrel and put three together to make enough room. We added a runner from West Elm and some lanterns from Target with citronella candles.
2. Plastic Tableware: We received these Melamine Michael Aram Orchid plates as a wedding present, and have used them everytime we entertain outside.
3. Rugs + Pillows: To make the it all work you need to make sure it’s comfortable for everyone to sit without chairs. We love the look of piling lots of different textures and patterned rugs and pillows to really give off that boho vibe. We used things we had around the house, a round beach towel, a picnic blanket, etc.
4. String Lights: Lights are a must for the boho picnic vibe. Check out our Housewarming Party post to see how we did those.
5. Drinks + Plastic Glassware: This line of plastic glassware we found on our Honeymoon in Capri, Italy but you can order on Amazon! We did lots of Rose and Pelligrino, but Sangria would a fun way to go for this theme too.
6. Cheese Boards: For our dinner club each girl brings one dish for everyone to share. For mine, I decided to go for my first attempt at an #instaworthy cheese board. The key is to pile the big pieces on first and then fill in with the smaller fruit, nuts and crackers. And of course, a pretty cheese board never hurts.
It was such a lovely night, we can’t wait to do it again next summer.
Housewarming gift alert! Artwood, a family business in Ireland, creates these wooden and crystal Suncatchers in an effort to brighten up any home! Each beautiful suncatcher is the perfect piece to hang in your window and refracts sunlight to create rainbows. They are handmade, peaceful, and stunning to look at! We love that you can customize your gift with names, special dates and quotes. Ship free in 4-7 days and start around $30.
First let me start by warning all you sweet and thoughtful brides that this is not the easy route! You’re bridesmaids will love you, but for the bride it definitely adds some additional issues to think about. I went this route because I wanted my ‘maids to choose a style they were comfortable in, a price point that worked for them and I loved the idea of having a perfectly mismatched look that showed off each of my very different bridesmaids’ personalities. I absolutely loved how to it turned out, but like I said, not a total cinch. I’ll walk you through some tips on how to achieve the look with as little stress as possible along.
#1: Tell Them and Show Them Exactly The Look You Are Going For
I made an inspiration board for my girls to show the general look I was hoping to achieve. I also gave them general guidelines, “Dresses should be: Long, tasteful and blush (very light pink), the more different textures the better (beaded, lace, etc). You can borrow, rent or buy off the rack, doesn’t have to be a bridesmaid dress line” I also gave them links to dresses in a range of price points that I thought could work. Everyone and every dress designer has different version of what neutrals like champagne, blush or taupe looks like, so pictures or swatches are key.
#2: It’s All About the Texture
If you’ve seen this look done more than a few times these past few wedding seasons, you probably know it can easily go wrong. In my opinion, no matter what the color palate is, the key is to make sure you have dresses with different textures, some beaded, some lace, some chiffon (but definitely not all chiffon). If you are doing different brands and different shades of a similar color, texture is key.
#3: Get Final Bride Approval & Be Honest
You are most likely doing this because you are trying to be a considerate bride, so don’t feel bad asking to see the dresses before they purchase them and be honest when they show you. If you don’t like the style, it’s too revealing, too similar to your dress, too similar to some of the others girls’ dresses — just ask them for a few more options. They will totally understand and in the end you’ll be happier than if you kept your mouth shut and hated all those pricey photos.
Few more shots of how ours turned out:
Final Tip: A Way to Make it More Foolproof
While I loved how mine turned out, it wasn’t a cinch. If you are nervous about it, try choosing different shades or colors from the same bridesmaid dress line, that way you can see how all of the colors look together but your ‘maids can still choose what style looks best on them. Though pricey, our favorite for this look is the Amsale line.
We’d love to see photos and hear tips on how you pulled off a similar look at your wedding. Tell us in the comments below!